When you have small children, it’s highly unlikely you get to whoop it up on December 31st. If you’re lucky enough to have $ in your budget for a sitter or a generous grandparent in your life, you have all sorts of opportunities to go out on the town. Otherwise, you *might* make it to midnight long enough to see Ryan Seacrest countdown to the ball drop (on TV of course), give your significant other a smooch, and then drop straight into bed. And the elementary aged children in your care will SWEAR that this is the year, they’re staying up not just to midnight but all. night. long. Maybe yours can but mine either end up sound asleep or in a weepy heap to be sent to bed well before 11:59 PM.
Indianapolis has more than one Family Friendly New Year’s Eve Event with those who might wanna rock and roll all night but don’t have the stamina to pull it off (I’m not just talking about the little people, now am I?). While not free, The Indiana State Museum offers a memory making experience for families at A Family New Year’s Eve. Face painting, live music, the last rides of the year on the famed Santa Claus Express, crafts, games for kids, and good ‘ole Hoosier Corn Hole for everyone will all lead up to the official early countdown and grand balloon drop at 8 PM. The cost is $11 per non-member and $6 per member (membership does have its benefits, it’s not just a cheesy commercial tagline). There are also great food deals at both the L.S. Ayres Tea Room (FREE for kids 5 and under!) and Canal Cafe. Check out the details here.
With the family celebration concluding at 8 (the Museum closes at 9 PM), you still have enough time to get the kids home and in their jammies long before the clock strikes midnight. Perhaps you, your sweetie and Ryan Seacrest can toast the New Year. And maybe, just maybe, because they had SO much fun at the Indiana State Museum, the kids will sleep in on January 1st. At least that’s my New Year’s wish for you!